FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Valentine’s Day

Written By: Scot Butwell - Feb• 25•15


Valentine’s Day wasn’t a bust like I thought it’d be. The Wife liked the card D picked out for her, a big mamma cat giving a hug to her smaller baby cat.

“My mom is the best mom ever…I like having you for a Valentine,” she read. They hugged and kissed. “I love you, mom,” he said.

My card was more of a venture of faith. I’ll spare the details, except to say we both needed time alone the night before, and we were on a date.

I watched as she opened my card, and as she began reading the words, a skeptical look came across her face:

 I want to tell you

 How much my heart fills with joy

 Every time I see you smile

 And how much I enjoy

 All the special moments

 That we share.

“What special moments?” she said. And it’s true. We have been lacking in special moments. Tense moments? We have plenty of those. And then there was this:

 I want to tell you

 That I’m a better man

 Because of you

 “How are you a better because of me?” she asked. I explained how her faults have made me stronger, her anger and resentment making me learn to be  understanding and forgiving.

I know this isn’t what people mean when they say a spouse has made them a better person. But it’s the truth when I look at what I’ve learned in our often tumultuous fifteen years of marriage.

D suggested we get a pizza, even though he doesn’t even eat pizza, because he knows I like pizza. So we had a picnic on the living room floor and played games together.

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